My back feels like it's been run over by some vehicle with cactus for wheels.
As of writing this post, I realise I’ve been in pain now for almost 2 weeks.
Every time something new comes up, I push it aside and run into what needs to happen.
The day my back went I decided to go to a massive protest in London, the adventure was wild...
Then, the day after (yesterday) I went hiking in Wales, which was beautiful, but today I can’t stand properly.
My stubbornness is starting to hurt my body.
One of the most amazing things we have the power to do is reflection.
An hour ago, I was reflecting on the whole situation.
Being honest about how I’ve essentially forced myself through it all without listening to my body.
At that moment I felt a twinge like a knife getting sliced through my lower back.
As I shouted out, startling my flatmate, it hit me...
It wasn't a huge revelation or some complicated code.
Instead, it was simple.
All I needed was to rest.
With that realisation, I’m now relaxed in bed.
There’s incredible power in resting. There are times the best thing we can do is nothing. My biggest habit has always been too much action, especially when I’m sick. I keep pushing & my body falls. In the simplicity of rest, healing gets released.
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“The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.” - Woodrow Wilson
You matter to me, you matter to your family, you matter to your friends, you matter to everyone around you. You are so important in this world. You are loved beyond words. Nobody can ever be you and that is your power. I will definitely never sit here and tell you that it’s easy my angels, no ones life is, but what I will tell you is that it’s worth it. You are going to be so glad you didn’t give up, no matter what you’re going through right now, heartbreak, rejection, negative people, toxic relationships, family problems, money worries, addiction, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, body dismorphia, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, PTSD, stress or whether you are just completely fed up, we will get through this together. There was a time in your life when you thought it would be impossible to walk, talk, learn the alphabet, learn to read, look at all the things you’ve learned and the obstacles you’ve overcome, as humans we are strong, we are clever, we are resilient, we are resourceful and we can get through pretty much anytime. Paint your stripes back on tiger, we got this 🐅 🐅 🐅❤️❤️❤️
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🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 So this is a whole vibe. I describe myself as an introverted extrovert. I am a big ball of obsessive energy and (depending on who I am around, or what I am influenced by) can be swung in 1 of 2 directions.
I have periods of self belief and my nature then is to create and share knowledge. I am Alice in a wonderland of unexplored territories. I am curious and passionate like a child reading their favourite book for the first time.
However, there are also the periods where I get stumped. Constructive criticism I love. (Currently I am doing this solo and want people to give me ideas or collaborate and join in. I want to be here to listen and respond to suggestions.) But when I am just told I am flat out wrong, particularly by those close to me, I waiver. 🔥So, lets say perhaps your best friend or your mum or your boss made you feel crap today, right? 🔥 Now, what do ya do, 1 or 2?
1) Find the pill or the poison or the person or the pastry (@greg_james
) that will make all your problems go away. For a period. Then you will start feeling guilty and anxious and like you can't do anything right. You are self destructing.
2) You choose to feel the emotion, rather than bottling it up and suppressing it. You express it to yourself and others. Like kids being forced to make up, you think about both sides and say sorry and apologise, even if you didn't mean it because that Chinese burn hurt. As an adult you may just have to voice it out with a 3rd party, but really it doesn't matter. You can learn about yourself and why things affected you.
Today, I spoke to my partner about my concerns and yeah I cried. I turned my phone off to avoid unpleasant distractions and I went for a walk. There was a fat husky.
I know I am the stigma enigma but I am also saying own your labels... and that was one fat happy little husky.
So next time, remember your two options. You live or you fester. Wallow in self pity, or go out into the world and remind yourself of all those wagging tails out there.
I hope this helps someone, but at least it helped me. 🔥pp
Dan Harris explores the power - and practicality - of meditation, which be believes will be the next public health revolution. 👉Link in Bio for more info and tickets.
I’ve been learning about the impact that having fibromyalgia can have on my mental health!
I’ve known for a while that my anxiety has gotten worse! And because I can’t do the things I used to do, it’s making me feel depressed! I’m irritable all the time! I snap at people! Sometimes I’m a horrible human! Before I got ill I was so positive, it annoyed people! I always seen the good in people even if that person was a complete arse hole! I’d still find something good about them! But when I started to get ill, I became really negative, treating people mean and loosing my gratitude for all the amazing things I have! That’s so not who I am or what I’m about!
I’ve also learned, interestingly, past trauma can be a cause for fibromyalgia! I had no idea that not dealing with our past when something bad happened could cause such a horrible body reaction! I always thought it was only brought on due to a bad viruses. Which I’ve had a lot of in the last 1-2years. Or suffering a severe injury cause by being in something like a car accident! This has been an eye opener for me and made me certain, that I definitely will go down the CBT route along side my physio therapy!
I’ve also been, for my own mental wellbeing, putting into practice a new evening routine! I’ll watch a program or something on YouTube for an hour, during I’ll plan the next day, then an hour before I need to go sleep I’m going to have a hot shower and read a book! I have to have min 8hrs sleep also! I’m going to trial this for a while, and hopefully, not only will it help with my insomnia, but also my anxiety and general wellbeing! Which, I now know, can have a massively positive impact on the symptoms of a fibromyalgia flare up. .
I need to start being kind to myself! But also to others! I think we all could do with beating ourselves up a lot less! Whether with have a chronic illness or not!
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i think it’s brave that you get up in the morning even if your soul is weary and your bones ache for a rest
i think it’s brave that you keep on living
even if you don’t know how to anymore
i think it’s brave that you push away the waves rolling in every day
and you decide to fight
i know there are days when you feel like giving up but
i think it’s brave
that you never do.
— Lana Rafaela
Persistence in what you read to learn the theory, persistence in exposure tasks even when they get really tough, persistence in therapy or coaching even when it’s challenging, persistence along your journey to recovery no matter how many setbacks as moments where you feel you can’t go on and it’s easier to stop, utter, utter persistence is the key to not only OCD recovery but to life. Had I not persisted in getting recovered this account wouldn’t be in existence. When we persist there is hope, when we persist we are going ourself the best opportunity of success as we are opening the door to more and more chances, don’t shut the door, leave it wide open.
Definitely resting His Heart of Love today!
The sun is shining and my heart is beaming with His warmth and consolation.
Not every day is like today — the past few days I felt as if I was walking in a darkness, but never once did I feel alone even though I could barely see or at times even feel His presence. I knew He was there with me always, in every moment.
Reflecting on this makes days like today even more sweeter, I can enjoy them with more appreciation and rest in the warm rays with more intentionality — both from the physical sun and from the healing and merciful rays that come from His Most Sacred Heart.
I know the darkness will return. As a follower of Jesus, I know it is through the cross I become more completely His.
But I also know He will give me strength and His life-sustaining peace each time.
So today, I’m focusing as much as possible on my self-care, through healthy food choices, exercising and making sure I get a good night’s rest to clear my mind and keep my body as healthy as I am able.
And more importantly, I’m soaking up His healing rays and the warmth of His love—my strength for the journey, my taste of heaven to give me hope, my rest before His leads me even closer to Him once again.
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Ever thought if emotional support animal was an actual thing? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Well it is.. I’ve had Carlos 5 years and for those 5 years he has brought me SO much joy. We have become pretty dependent on each other. When I leave he knows and gets really shaky and I get sad when I have to leave him. I get anxious at the thought of something happening to him. I leave for vacation and it’s difficult to get out the door. I know he’ll be sad the next 24 hours and that kills me. Heck I can’t even go to the bathroom and shut the door without him whining at it. He’s like my child..⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The truth is he’s been there for everything, he licks my tears (gross), he makes me laugh all the time, snugs when I need some love and forces me out of bed when I don’t want to. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Truth is we are so codependent, he’s actually growing on this journey with me. He’s becoming more socialized with humans and other dogs. Adapting to new atmospheres. He’s really just thriving. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So, is emotional support animals a thing? YES and I think that support goes both ways! So go show those pets some love they deserve credit for all the joy they bring!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🐾 #happyface #anxietyrecovery #depressionhelp #depressionisreal #livelifehappy #dogsarelife #emotionalsupportdogneedsemotionalsupport #lovelife #animalsneedlovetoo #supporteachother
As a recovering perfectionist, I’m telling you... Perfection is our biggest enemy. Don’t ever try to be perfect; it’ll only intensify your anxiety because you’ll never get there. Instead, try to be present. 💚💚💚. _____________
Como perfeccionista en recuperación, te digo que ... La perfección es nuestro mayor enemigo. Nunca trates de ser perfecta; solo intensificará tu ansiedad porque nunca llegarás allí. En su lugar, trata de estar presente. 💚💚💚
Thank you for the honesty @crazyheadcomics
💗 These kinds of posts help me realise that the things about my depression I’m most ashamed of are symptoms. Not choices. Many other people struggling with this illness battle with these same things. So when you feel shame or like you’re alone, remember - we’re not. This is not made up, this is not laziness. This is real and this is tough 💗
So I did an employability/CV skills experience day at Barclaycard with my Prince’s Trust course, and I won a super cute bottle and a box of chocolates for winning a quiz!
Might seem small to some but my anxiety was playing up so badly about even going today so something like this is actually a fantastic little confidence boost for me 😊
I think my confidence has actually increased so much doing this course, and I can’t believe how many things I’ve done that I would never have imagined I was capable of, even if I am still having those shaky moments where I feel like I can’t do something, I’m proud of myself for managing to push myself and try anyway.
It’s amazing how much a person can grow with the right environment and the right support. ❤️ #avoidantpersonalitydisorder #borderlinepersonalitydisorder #bpdrecovery #mentalhealthawareness #anxietyrecovery #princestrust
Mental health/wellness is not an end goal but a practice.
We hear so often a message that supports the idea that once we reach a certain “place” we’ll be worthy or good or happy... we rely on our performance to give us permission to be okay with ourselves. What if we gave ourselves compassion instead? Compassion on the days that all our practices didn’t work and we had a panic attack anyway, compassion on the days that happened multiple times... and compassion when we were able to rely on our resources to help us feel a whole lot better...
The ebs and flow of life is all good information. “So I didn’t do so well today... what can I learn from it or what is this experience trying to tell me?” Or “wow, I was really able to tune into my body today, what made the difference this time?”
So it’s okay if you’re feeling up and down and don’t know where to start with a mental wellness practice, because that’s exactly what it is- something that takes practice, trial and error. Ask for support as you approach this part of your life. Be curious and be compassionate. You’ll be okay. #andreaobessa #abetterway
Next week kicks off Stress Awareness Week, and we ALL know someone who has said, "Omg I am SO STRESSED OUT!" Grab a friend, and let's get you to STRESS LESS!
I will be co-hosting a 5 Day FREE virtual retreat along with @saltandslatecoaching
starting on Monday, April 1st. We will be going live DAILY in a private Facebook group to bring you all of the tools that you need to create your very own stress management plan for those days when life just seems to be getting a LITTLE BIT out of control. It's going to go down as follows:
Monday - Reframing/Mindset / How sugar + salt trigger stress response
Tuesday - Healthy Routines / morning and evening foods to support your day
Wednesday - Sleep Hygiene / supplements to help reset sleep cycle
Thursday - Relaxation Techniques / Adaptogens
Friday - Self-Care / Mindful Eating
All you have to do is hit up the link in my profile to request to join the group to get started. We will begin accepting requests this FRIDAY, so you DO NOT WANT TO MISS OUT!
Did I mention that all of this VALUE is FREE????!!!!!!! What have you got to lose (other than a WHOLE LOTTA STRESS)???!!! See you there!
This morning was a depresso awakening as always. But a great step was made today. For recovery, productivity, positivty and my happiness. My life.
Going to start an outpatient program here for CBT. Once a week visits with my wonderful therapist and active psychiatrist is too little. Especially this week, after experiencing mental attacks and feeling progressively going back to worse.
I know what I need to do. I know what I want to do and be. But I have trouble just acting on it, doing it. I don't have enough knowledge on how and enough healing from the “why i am depressed,” to maintain any attempt at “what I need to do to change for the best.”
Hopefully, with this program where I can do it almost every day and talk with more people (ready to do group therapy for the first time), I can fill in the gaps in my mind and start walking rather than crawling through every day.
Sure, there may be chances that it could be triggering being with others that may or may not be in similar or even worse situations/ illnesses. But I don’t know that. I can’t conclude “NO, it won’t help!” On healthy professional mental healthcare if I’ve never done it. So we’ll just see.
And I’m going to be optimistic here (holy sh**! For the first time) and say this will most likely be really helpful even if i run into bad situations. It’s like social media. Like the world. There are good and bad people out there. But people who are seeking help, for others or themselves, I believe are good people to heal with. To be with. I believe and hope I can start moving on with myself. I can start loving me more with this program. This step forward.
#mentalhealthrecovery #depressionrecovery #depression #anxietyrecovery #anxiety #abuserecovery #traumarecovery #breakuprecovery #relationshipissues #selflove #ptsd #trauma #mentalhealing
Read this through. Now read it again...and a third time. Let these words soak in and resonate. Feelings, while deserving of a voice, are not reliable sources of complete information. If negative thought patterns and beliefs have permeated so much of your mind then I can guarantee they are hijacking your feelings too! Take some time today to realize what negative thought patterns you’ve been carrying. Challenge those thoughts and beliefs. Make sure what you feel does reflect your true reality! #thecoffeyconnection #anxietyrecovery #anxietyhelp #mindfullness #therapy #counseling #coaching #insights #selfhelp #coloradotherapist
It’s been a tumultuous few weeks in our country. One which has gathered us as a nation to take a good look at who we are, what we believe and is it really true? That belief
We have offered our hearts up in service to that inquiry. Felt a collective trauma, a wounding that has left some of us with hearts ragged and bleeding. When hearts are in service to a higher sense of self, we feel, we cultivate compassion, we love what is, we are led by heart, we navigate by heart. We are heartfelt
We also need to take time to rest our hearts. To curl inwards, to let our bodies belly down onto the earth. To let our entire heart based system restore itself through mindful rest
Rest your Heart - is the theme for the upcoming Calm Body • Calm Mind restorative yoga class, Sunday, 7th April - 2pm - 4pm
I look forward to holding space so you can Rest & Restore your heart - much love, Carol 💚
Bookings - www.CalmBodyCalmMind.life
#calmbodycalmmind #calmmindcalmbody #simplicity #mindfulmoments #anxietyrecovery #mindbodywellness #restyourheart #christchurchshooting #heartlove #compassionfatigue #compassion #healinghearts
.🖤Some days, I am fine. Some days my anxiety gets the best of me. Some days are just “in between.” Today is an “in between” day; where I have a moment of pure terror followed by confusion and it’s over in a matter of 3.3333 seconds. None of it makes sense. It’s an out of control, spiraling domino effect. I get caught in a head space of endless thoughts without rhyme or reason to them. It’s like my brain whites itself out, kinda like the sunlight is doing to my face in this picture. The sunlight is this void, filled with anxiety, passing over me and I’m just sitting back for the ride; for time to pass and the ride to end. I think I get most upset that I can be perfectly fine one minute and the next just trip the fuck out. It all stems from fear.
.🖤I could be at work and fear will take over my body like a demonic possession. I can’t function. And every time the demon leaves and the possession ends, a little piece of me changes inside. I learn something about myself and how to defeat the demon.
.🖤Today, I learned the power of gratitude. Reminding myself of what I’m grateful for, in the midst of my anxiety attack, grasping to gain middle ground on its hold of me. Today I was overcome with feelings of being inadequate at my job. Fear of making a mistake and being a failure. Fear of not taking care of all my patient needed from me. Then I became grateful. Grateful, for my coworkers who help me and support me. Grateful for the patience they have with me when I ask a million questions they know I already know the answer to. Grateful, for the understanding from my patient. Fuck, I’m grateful the damn sun is finally shining.
.🖤Gratitude is a strong weapon that you can forge against the darkness of anxiety. Use gratitude in your everyday routine to be as ready, which you really never are, for your anxiety whenever it decides to come for you.
#anxiety #anxietyattack #anxietyproblems #anxietyhelp #anxietysupport #anxietyattacks #anxietyrecovery #anxietysucks #wellness #wellnesscoach #gratitude #positivity #mentalhealthawareness #mentalillness #mental #mentalhealth #mentalbreakdown #anxietywarrior #findstrength #findyourstrength #youarenotalone #health #sunshine
I have a new post on the blog about reframing challenges and am talking about this 👆🏼particular challenge in my stories today!
In my post/chat on stories, I make a distinction between “looking on the bright side” and actually seeing how a challenge can serve you. Both are positive ways to handle difficult situations but reframing has been so interesting and helpful for me! 🙋🏻♀️ Do you have any challenges that can be reframed to serve you right now??
easier said than done but I’m trying to turn the negative thoughts into positive statements based on fact and not give into irrational often catastrophic thoughts. I don’t give myself enough credit of how far I have come and what I am capable of. Anxiety has a way of making you doubt yourself and your worth. Out with the negative and in with the positive! #anxiety #selflove #anxietyfighter #anxietyrecovery #warrior #positivethoughts
Research shows that women reach out to others significantly more than men.
This fact even relates to a theory around women’s higher life expectancies.
The hypothesis is that the male response to stress (which includes higher levels of social withdrawal, aggression, and substance abuse) puts them at higher risk for adverse health-related consequences.
In contrast, the ‘tend and befriend response'—involving reaching out and expressing our feelings to others—is used more by women, and it's been shown to reduce our stress response by lowering heart rate, blood pressure, and cortisol.
Guys—we highly recommend watching Justin Baldoni's TED Talk ‘Why I'm done trying to be "man enough"’. He explains how men can overcome the culture of toxic masculinity.
Click the featured link in our bio to give it a watch 👌
It’s been 7 months since I last posted. WOWIE! In that time I started a new program at school, got a job in my new field and have been having a pretty good time. Things were going smooth, until they weren’t 😅
These last two weeks have been a whirlwind of the worst anxiety I have ever had to face. This space feels like I am drowning in myself while someone has been keeping a 50lb weight on my chest. I ended up at the hospital this weekend because I thought my chest was going to explode but was sent away with “slow your breathing down and you will be okay”.
Gah! I feel really awful for all the times I shared things with a message of “just try harder and things will work out”. That didn’t help me this weekend! I felt like my entire world was caving in and it seemed like no one cared. I am feeling so thankful that I have a support system at home because I am not sure how I would have survived this weekend if I hadn’t had my mom, sisters and Mike cheering me on. I am posting this because I love this platform and I need a space to be honest. I love yoga and this little flail-around left me remembering that I am powerful. Last night I had a freezing cold shower to snap out of my panic and today I am flowing with my breath. Each day presents new challenges but I am confident that I am capable of climbing each mountain. Lots of love to you where ever you are at on this crazy ass journey! 💕
Friendly reminder that if ya need a new podcast, this one’s pretty great 😄
Obviously I’m a little biased 😂, but putting together the #BreatheLikeABadassPodcast
is one of the absolute highlights of my week.🤩🎧
I just love the joyful, deep and thought-provoking insights that my guests bring with every session.😍
Talking to interesting people doing awesome stuff is definitely my jam! ✅
EPISODE 6 IS OUT NOW! (🔗Link in bio!)
This week I chatted to Heather Thomas at The Mindful Kitchen (@naturewitheverybite
) all about nature-relatedness, mindful eating, and how we can start to transform the way we see the world, and our place within it. 🌍🍃🌳
It’s a pretty fascinating conversation, and we dig deep (swipe ➡️ for a snippet).
Plus, find out what the Big Bang has to do with trees and champagne! 🥂
🎧 🥂Cheers to that! 🔗Link🔗 to listen and subscribe in my bio now! 🎧👆👆
Huge love, Hannah xx
Loving yourself is the greatest revolution 💕 I don’t weigh myself, so I have no idea if I’ve lost anything since I started the Couch to 5k challenge but I feel so much better in myself - fitter, stronger, with a clearer head and a better attitude towards my body. I’m really proud of myself for pushing forward. One more run until I’m onto week 5! (Photo taken during a review visit, wearing gifted t-shirt)